share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
I'm losing my marbles- I'm worried about getting round the marathon at the weekend ( unless the weather cools down A LOT), and really freaking out about the 33miler in november, and yet I spent monday looking at other ultra'a in scotland.....................there's a 40miler "clyde stride", and a lgasgow- edinburgh "double marathon"..........hmmmmmmm- 50mile+- that's a REAL ultra. After that, I can venture into the mountains, and think of things like the devil O' the highlands.....................
Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!! see what's happening? as soon as I persuade myself that I'll be OK, I need to find something more difficult to do- this way lies madness.
The manufacturers advise against putting adults with small feet in junior shoes. The theory is that children's feet strike the ground in a slightly different way and this is reflected in the design of the shoes. There are similar issues with putting women in men's shoes and vice versa.
If you work in running retail they say "do it if you have to, but tell the customer that it might not work". In practice, nothing bad seems to happen when you do it, and you might have no choice if the customer has small feet. I have never personally had a pair of junior shoes returned under the 30 day guarantee, after I have sold them to an adult.
So while I expect that you would be alright, you should be aware of the above issue before making your decision.
The most factor thing for a race like this is, to have a pair of shoes that are well tested and that you are comfortable with. It is best to use the pair that you have done most of your training mileage in.
I would use road shoes for an event like the Northants ultra, and the primary consideration in that, would be the fact that there are few places near to my home where you can practice long runs in trail shoes. By all means experiment with other shoes, but when the race comes and you have to choose your weapon, go with the most proven shoe in the cupboard.
The issue with junior trainers is based mainly on the assumption that a child's foot strikes the ground in a slightly different way. Children and adults of small stature are less likely to suffer mechanical problems in any event. The bigger they are the harder they fall!
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